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Mexican Folk Artist Wows With Clay

Ellen Kahan and guest artist Fernando Garcia with the ninth grade Ceramics class.


A Visitor from Oaxaca shares his talents with young student artists.

Folk artist Fernando Félix Peguero García estimates that about 3,000 people live in his hometown in the pueblo of Santa María Atzompa in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and that 90% of them work in clay.  Fernando, at the request of  Visual Arts teacher Ellen Kahan, spent the day in the BFS ceramics studio working with Lower, Middle, and Upper School students in separate gatherings throughout the day.  Fernando’s subject matter couldn’t better befit this spooky time of year. Much of his macabre work combines ghoulish and skeletal human-animal hybrids and other works that evoke Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, also known as All Souls Day).   You can learn more about Fernando and see more of his work here.